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You're well connected in Potters Bar

As you might have guessed from the name, this Hertfordshire town has long-held links with pottery. It was once a Roman town, evidence of which can be seen at Potters Bar Museum. Exhibits include a Roman tile kiln where pots were made. The town has excellent transport connections. It's very close to the M25 and A1(M), and you can be in the centre of London in 15 minutes on the train.

Step into Paradise

A short drive from the town, Paradise Wildlife Park has an impressive collection of big cats, including white tigers, snow leopards and cheetahs. Say hi to white-cheeked gibbons, European wolves, Bactrian camels and alpacas, before meeting some slippery characters in the reptile temple. On hot days, kids can cool off in the Paradise Lagoon, an open-air pool with hippo fountain and water slide.

Admire the grandeur of Hatfield House

Set in vast parkland, this country mansion is well worth a visit. Don't miss the iconic Rainbow Portrait of Elizabeth I and the Old Palace, where Henry VIII raised his three children. The garden is exquisitely manicured, and the water feature centrepiece is very eye-catching. There's plenty for younger visitors to enjoy too, such as woodland walks, an adventure playground and a farm with sheep, pigs, cows and ducks. Looking for a cheap hotel Near Potters Bar? Both Travelodge Borehamwood and Travelodge London Whetstone are within 4 miles of the town, and handy for a trip into the capital.